Principal's Letter Dec 2016

December 1, 2016
UPDATE and Holiday Greetings from KCA
 
Happy Holidays KCA Community,
Just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy Holiday Season and to share all of the exciting things happening at KCA!  
            We started off our school year with an outstanding turn out for our Open School Night.  Thank you families and guardians for taking the time to show your support!  The stronger our partnership, the more our students will succeed. Thank you also to Ms. Crawford for leading the St. Christopher’s Dancers and to St. Christopher’s Inc. for making themselves available to students, families, and guardians throughout the evening. 
Thank you to Dr. Antonecchia, Mr. Herrera, Tom, Wilper, Mr. Watson, Mr. Campuzano, the Crisis Staff, Ms. Thompson, Ms. Retleff, Ms. Tarantino, Ms. Altenpohl, Food Services, the Crew, Dr. Placke, and Mr. Federice. With your help we started off the year safely, well-staffed, and well-nourished with our new crosswalk, repairs to our cosmetology classroom, new textbooks, and for helping us bring over 20 new faculty and staff on board! We continued with our Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and fundraiser. Thank you Ms. Vazquez for leading this event and garnering support from our community.  We are looking forward to the Autism Awareness Walk and fundraiser this spring!
            For Halloween we continued the Fun Friday Initiative, which began in summer school with the help of Mr. Thompson and PBIS, with our door-decorating contest, Halloween Dance, and Faculty Appreciation Coffee. Thank you to the PBIS Committee, students, faculty, staff, St. Christopher’s Inc., and Greenburgh-North Castle President of the Board of Education, Central Administration, and Staff for their amazing show of support and enthusiastic participation. Congratulations to Mr. Hamidi and Mr. McCarthy for winning the Contest Committee and Student’s Choice Awards.  Stay tuned for the upcoming Holiday Door-decorating Contest, Breakfast, and Fun Friday in December! Thank you to Ms. McCormick for leading our Decorating Committee and Ms. Cassorla, we are counting on your much-needed Dunkin' Donuts connections and delivery services. Thank you!                                                                                                                                                                     
On November 4th we hosted an outstanding Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration lead by Mr. Espinosa complete with student performances, an independent film, and the opportunity for students and faculty to engage with the director, and school-wide participation, cooperation, and support! Thank you to Mr. Espinosa, faculty and student committees, and participants for making Hispanic Heritage come alive for our community. Stay tuned for the African-American History celebration in February and performance by the Marching Cobras!
Thank you Ms. Grippo and Ms. Pardo for publishing the November edition of the KCA Newsletter. Stay tuned for our upcoming yearbook and prom committee news. In addition, thank you to Ms. Andujar and Ms. Cruz for leading the School Spirit Committee. Thank you also to Ms. Ballard and the Pathways Program for organizing the Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive where we were able to help approximately 40 families this Thanksgiving!  Thank you also to St. Christopher's Inc. for hosting a lovely Thanksgiving Celebration for Residential Families. 
            December is already shaping up to be another exciting month.  Thank you to Coach Gaines, Mr. Samet, Coach Federice, and all those responsible for promoting our athletic program and kicking off the 2016-2017 Basketball Season! Our first home game is December 2nd 4:30 PM KCA Gym vs. Sacred Heart.  Also, let us wish the St. Christopher’s Marching Cobras good luck at the Harrisburg Drumline Exhibition and Competition in Harrisburg Pennsylvania! Let’s also congratulate the Marching Cobras, Mr. Stowers, and Mr. Young for being invited to perform this New Year’s Eve at the Times Square Ball-Dropping Ceremony!  
            The College Application Season is also in full swing.  Thank you Mrs. Samuel, Ms. Grippo, Mr. Hamidi, Ms. Galluzzo, Ms. Wagner, Ms. Riccobono, and Ms. Valez for the innovative work that is being done with our seniors and College and Career programming. Our first group of students sat for the SAT Exam a few weeks ago and our next group is taking the exam December 3rd.  We are also busy gathering recommendations, writing essays, submitting college applications, and attending college tours. Finally, thank you Dr. O'Toole, Mrs. Samuel, and Dean Anderson for kicking off our 2016-2017 Honor Roll Season and re-launching the celebration of the Students of the Month re-starting January 2017!  
            Seniors are meeting regularly and engaging in college tours and discussions about transition from High School into College and Careers. This Fall Seniors visited Lehman College, were visited by a CUNY admissions counselor, attended the National Hispanic College Fair at College of New Rochelle, and will be touring Sullivan County Community College this month. We are also grateful to Ms. Galluzzo for fostering a partnership with the White Plains Education Training Center to provide eligible students with Culinary and Hotel Operations training, free Financial Literacy Workshops, Home Health Aide Certification courses, free Job Search Directions and Interview training, Health and Medical Counseling, Fair Housing and First-time Home Buyer Workshops, free Tax Preparation, and access to an E-Learning Library and Women’s Enterprise Development Center for aspiring entrepreneurs.
            KCA also launched our Student Council. Thank you to Mr. Baier and Ms. Nakashima for beginning the vetting and application process where students are gathering letters of reference and submitting their letters of interest to contribute to the KCA Student Council, engaging in community service and service learning partnerships, and promoting student voice and participation. Stay tuned for details for our KCA Picture Day also lead by the Student Council with the help of Ms. Barnes, Coach DeFabbia, Mr. Baier, Ms. Nakashima, and the Picture Day/Yearbook Committee.
            Professional Development and inter-disciplinary learning opportunities have also increased.  Thank you to Ms. Sloshower, Ms. Lockhart, and Mr. Behanna for the upcoming ELA-Science and ELA-Math collaborations. To Mr. Baier for contributing to the KCA PD Series, and to the veteran and new Teachers, Teacher’s Assistants, Classroom and 1:1 Aides, and Crisis Staff for their active participation in KCA PD's and faculty meetings.
            Warm thanks to Mr. Sampogna, Mr. Baier, Ms. Galluzzo, Mrs. Samuel, Ms. Levene, Ms. Vazquez, the Pathways Program, chaperones, drivers, and participants for helping student learning come alive through field trips and Work-based Learning Experiences. Your efforts make student’s experiences enriched, rewarding, meaningful, and are GREATLY appreciated. Stay tuned for our student-created mural in the Main Office coming this winter.
Much thanks to Dr. Levine and the CSE Office for sharing your expertise, your support, and for helping us re-launch The Daily Student Attendance Notification System, launching Learning Communities and IEP Direct Reporting, helping train Main Office clerical staff, and for guiding us towards success on our next review! 
            A special thanks to parents\guardians for sharing your young adults with us and finally, thank you students for your passion, your cooperation, and commitment to being the best you can be. Your success is our happiness! 
As you can see, we have had a very productive summer and fall here at KCA and we have only just begun! Please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, and ideas.  Your input is always welcome as success is our only option and team work makes the dream work!
Enclosed you will find the Photo Release Form. Please sign and return to school ASAP so that we may celebrate our students and publish their images on the website. Thank you to Mr. Henery for all your speedy services as our webmaster and to Ms. Rivera and Mr. Welsh for all of your tech support. 
Wishing you a happy and healthy Holiday Season and joyous New Year. 
 
Warmly and sincerely yours,
Dr. Caputo and the KCA Family
Principal  
 
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
-Helen Keller